Germany seeks to continue to implement more stringent restrictions of chemicals toys
August 19, 2011, the European Commission in the European Union, "Official Gazette" published a resolution involving the German restrictions on certain types of chemicals used in toys.
Germany on January 20, 2011 request, to retain the release of toys and toy materials for lead, arsenic, mercury, barium and antimony and other five elements, as well as nitrosamines and nitrosamine substance restrictions. The Commission Decision relating to the request.
According to EU Directive No. 2009/48/EC No. toy safety, since July 20, 2013, the nitrosamines and nitrosamine content of the material within the toy will be constrained, and Germany's restrictions are more severe.
Since July 20, 2013, the German national legislation must be coordinated with the directive, but Germany has asked the European Union approved a more stringent limit allowed to maintain.
If the EU accepted the request of Germany, the German restrictions will be more severe than other EU member states, EU internal market may impede the normal trade, traders increased costs.
Germany, the European Commission must assess the trade barriers caused by the request whether it is worth, for example, whether Germany can improve children's health protection.
Currently, the German consumer goods regulations for nitrosamines and nitrosamine substance restrictions, prescribed for use by children under 36 months can be placed in the mouth or natural or synthetic rubber toys, the nitrosamines and nitrosamine substance release the amount must be very small, can not be detected by laboratory tests. Out the provisions of consumer goods, nitrosamines and nitrosamine substances must be below the migration limit of 0.01 mg / kg and 0.1 mg / kg.
As for the EU Directive No. 2009/48/EC on substances nitrosamines and nitrosamine limits are more relaxed, with effect from 20 July 2013 onwards, for use by children under 36 months or can be placed in the mouth toys, the nitrosamines and nitrosamine substance migration limits are not equal to or higher than 0.05 mg / kg and 1 mg / kg.
Other material, Germany's second equipment and product safety laws regulations of lead, arsenic, mercury, barium and antimony used to impose restrictions. However, Directive No. 2009/48/EC contains a different migration limit, involving three kinds of toy materials, namely, dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy materials; liquid or viscous material toys; toys and materials can be scraped . According to the directive, since July 20, 2013, the three kinds of toys, materials, implementation of the new elements of the migration limits, can not exceed 13.5,3.4 and 160 mg / kg (lead); 3.8,0.9 and 47 mg / kg (arsenic); 7.5,1.9 and 94 mg / kg (mercury); 4,500,1,125 and 56,000 mg / kg (barium); and 45,11.3, and 560 mg / kg (antimony). More limited in Germany related to more severe Directive No. 2009/48/EC.
European Commission published in the August 19 resolution that can be considered the request of Germany. Although the European Commission should be September 5, 2011 decision, but because of complex scientific information, this deadline is difficult to make a final decision. Therefore, the Commission decided to extend the deadline for the last six months to March 5, 2012.